The world has lost a brilliance that Quentin Oliver Lee graciously bestowed upon it. He will be most remembered for his role as the Phantom in the US tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” and an off-Broadway role in “Oratorio for Living Things.” Though he passed at only 34, he leaves behind a legacy that will never die.
Angie Lee Graham took to Instagram to inform fans that her husband had passed away early Thursday morning after a long fight with colon cancer.
“It was the most beautiful moment of my life,” Graham posted to Lee’s account. “I saw his last breaths, held his hand tight, and felt his heartbeat slowly drift away. He had a smile on his face, and was surrounded by those he loves.”
“It was peaceful, and perfect,” she continued.
In addition to sharing unconditional love, the pair also share a young daughter, Samantha, as seen in Graham’s tribute post.
The post concluded with her saying that she and their daughter are… “supported and lifted by our families and our own faith.”
“He was an incredible man, husband, father, son, brother, friend, singer, actor, and disciple of Christ with great faith in his Father in Heaven. To say ‘he will be dearly missed’ doesn’t reflect the scope of the people and communities he has created and touched.”
“If we let him, he made us better people.”
In June, Lee announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.
“This year has been a wild ride, I got a chance work with some incredible people at the TONY nominated ‘Caroline or Change’ musical, debut a sold-out Lortel Winner off-Broadway masterpiece, ‘Oratorio for Living Things,’ and was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer,” he wrote in an Instagram post earlier this year.
A Benefit for Quentin Oliver Lee was held in New York City last October, with many of his fellow Broadway stars participating. The event was live-streamed so that everyone could watch it, and it ended up being Lee’s final performance.
Lee’s other Broadway credits include the upcoming 2021 revival of “Caroline, or Change” and 2017’s “Prince of Broadway.” He was also an understudy in Diane Paulus’ touring production of “Porgy and Bess.”
Lee graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance in 2012.
He is an opera singer that has performed in many renowned operas, such as “I Am Harvey Milk” and “Carmen.”